Sony BDP-S470 review

3D Blu-ray, DivX HD and BBC iPlayer for a notch over £100; Sony presents the moon on a stick

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Sony bdp s470

With BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm and Eurosport, excellent digital file playback, and an all-round easy to use interface, it's worth reminding ourselves that the S470 is, at its heart, a Blu-ray player of some standing.

We liked

Pictures, pictures, pictures. Why anyone would pay beyond this price for a Blu-ray player just does not compute if they're primarily after top-grade Full HD images; there's little to fault the S470 on, though 3D images continue to be dogged by crosstalk and ghosting when watched on a Sony 3D LED TV (which the S470 was reviewed with).

Access to BBC iPlayer and DivX HD support make for excellent bonus features.

We disliked

With Bravia Internet Video goodness onboard, the S470 should really have Wi-Fi built-in – we expect such a feature to quickly become standard now these first-gen Blu-ray-cum-streaming decks are out and about. DLNA networking also proved a bit of a letdown. It may sound trite, but considering the USB dongle issue and the need to use a stick for BD Live downloads, a third USB slot wouldn't go amiss.

Final verdict

All criticisms are slight; Sony has made one of the most impressive and attractive Blu-ray players around. Its compatibility with almost any disc, including 2D Blu-ray, is excellent while the pictures it delivers are equally spotless.

Chuck in almost complete digital file support over USB and access to Lovefilm and the BBC's iPlayer, and we'd be surprised if the S470 didn't appeal to a much wider market than just Blu-ray buyers.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBlu-ray Disc Player
Scan Format1080p
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, ENERGY STAR
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Media FormatsBD-RE, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
Sound SystemDolby TrueHD, DTS HD
Number of Discs1
Brand NameSony
Audio FormatsCD-DA, SACD, WMA, WAV, MP3, AAC
FeaturesBD Live, Bonus View, Screen Saver, 1080p Upscaling
Video FormatsBD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD, DivX HD, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VOB, VRO, MPEG-4
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Green CompliantYes
Height36 mm
Width430 mm
Depth206 mm
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelBDP-S470
Product NameBDP-S470 Blu-ray Disc Player
Manufacturer Part NumberBDPS470B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Watch Blu-ray Disc movies in crystal clear Full HD 1080p , or connect to the internet and access an unrivaled assortment of movies, videos and music from premium content providers such as Netflix, YouTube, Pandora and many more. You can also use your iPhone or iPod touch as a remote control when you download the free BD Remote app. This free versatile app lets you search for additional entertainment or access detailed information about the movie you're watching. Pair this 3D Blu-ray Disc player with a BRAVIA 3D HDTV and create the ultimate at-home 3D viewing experience.

Package Contents
  • BDP-S470 Blu-ray Disc Player
  • 1 x Remote Control
  • 2 x AA Batteries
Weight (Approximate)2 kg